DMV Tentatively Awards New Contract To Produce NY Driver’s Licenses To Highest Bidder – Kennedy and Ryan Urge DMV To Explain Contract Decision
BUFFALO – Today, November 14, 2012, New York State Senator Tim Kennedy and Assemblyman Sean Ryan urged the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to explain why they have awarded a new contract to produce New York State driver’s licenses that will cost taxpayers an extra $38 million.
It’s time for lawmakers to go on the record on pay raises. Over the last several weeks and months, I’ve made it clear I am opposed to pay hikes for state legislators. Now, I urge my colleagues to join me in working to restore the public’s trust, rather than moving forward with their ill-conceived money grab.
With our economy now pressing forward along the road to recovery, lawmakers should be focused on economic issues and getting people back to work, not on bigger paychecks for themselves.
Senator Tim Kennedy joined officials from the New York Power Authority and Mayer Brothers Apple Products to mark the allocation of low-cost power from ReCharge NY, which is supporting job retention and private capital investments at the Western New York juice producer's facilities. NYPA Chairman John Koelmel, Trustee Terrance Flynn and President Gil Quiniones stopped by Mayer Bros. Cider Mill to highlight the impact of ReCharge NY at Mayer Bros. and throughout the Western New York region.
ReCharge NY is the new statewide power program, established by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and approved by the State Legislature, to give businesses and other enterprises a boost in lowering their operating costs in support of economic development.
After decade of setbacks, project will finally break ground in mid-September.
CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy announced work will finally begin on the long-delayed Zurbrick Road project starting mid-September. The project will start with the remediation of waste left behind from the former Depew Landfill and the stabilization of the stream bank.
Cheektowaga Supervisor Mary Holtz and Depew Mayor Steven Hoffman joined Kennedy Tuesday to commend the Department of Environmental Conservation for pressing this project forward.
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, released the following statement highlighting the appointment of Robert D. Gioia, president of the John R. Oishei Foundation, to serve on the Board of Directors of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation.
“Western New York has long benefitted from the dedicated leadership and relentless hard work of Robert Gioia,” Kennedy said. “Our community has relied on his vision and energy as he has spearheaded countless important projects and initiatives. Channeling Mr. Gioia’s talents into waterfront development at ECHDC will be a great boost to ongoing efforts to revitalize our economy starting at the water’s edge.
Kennedy-cosponsored measure to prevent prescription drug abuse becomes law
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, announced new measures to prevent prescription drug abuse have been signed into law. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed I-STOP, or the Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing, into law Monday.
With regional equity concerns still unaddressed, Kennedy urges the Thruway Authority to reverse course on toll hike
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, voiced his opposition to the toll hike proposed by NYS Thruway Authority at their public hearing Thursday at the Downtown Central Library. In outlining his opposition, Kennedy detailed ongoing regional inequities and funding disparities that Western New York has suffered in recent years.
Several leading treatment providers, advocates and researchers outline local issues related to addiction treatment and prevention. Forum discusses steps forward to improve patient care and adapt to the new challenges of prescription drug addiction
BUFFALO – Senator Tim Kennedy and Assemblyman Sean Ryan hosted a roundtable discussion on the future of drug addiction treatment in Western New York Monday at D’Youville College. Several expert panelists participated in the conversation and detailed challenges facing treatment providers and prevention advocates.
ECC, Ford, UAW join Kennedy to highlight new plan to develop skilled workforce and foster “matchmaking for manufacturing”
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy unveiled a new proposal to help bridge the “skills gap” and prepare workers for jobs in our ever-evolving economy at a press conference Tuesday at Erie Community College’s City Campus. Officials from ECC and Ford Motor Company joined Kennedy, as he outlined his proposed plan to establish Centers of Workforce Achievement – which will partner community colleges with local employers to develop a skilled workforce for growth industries within the regional economy.
After decade of delay, project is closer than ever to starting. Senator Kennedy, Supervisor Holtz, Mayor Hoffman want work to start this summer.
CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – “After a decade of delay, the DEC needs to get this project started this summer,” said Senator Tim Kennedy, urging the Department of Environmental Conservation to keep its Zurbrick Road project on track. Cheektowaga Supervisor Mary Holtz and Depew Mayor Steven Hoffman joined Kennedy in calling on the DEC to stick to a summer 2012 start date for environmental remediation and bank stabilization work along Zurbrick Road.
Over $1.3 Million in Road & Streetscape Work Underway
Congressman Brian Higgins, N.Y. State Senator Tim Kennedy and West Seneca Town Supervisor Sheila Meegan joined representatives from the New York State Department of Transportation to detail infrastructure improvements underway along Union Road (Route 277) in West Seneca.
Lackawanna Senior Center will be site for July 24 program designed to help protect seniors from fraud and abuse
LACKAWANNA, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-58th District, will hold a program designed to help keep senior citizens safe Tuesday, July 24 at 10:30 a.m. at the Lackawanna Senior Center. Senator Kennedy’s Senior Safety Initiative brings together officials from law enforcement and public safety to discuss ways for seniors to protect themselves from fraud, deceptive schemes, elder abuse and other potential dangers. The presentation will also highlight efforts to keep our neighborhoods safe.
South Park Avenue Revitalization Project continues with efforts to clean up, repair environmental amenities along commercial strip.
BUFFALO, N.Y. – The South Park Avenue Revitalization Project continues, as Senator Tim Kennedy and Mayor Byron Brown team up with community leaders to make further improvements to this important Buffalo commercial strip. This is the latest chapter in a community development project that has been ongoing for several years, since Kennedy began spearheading this movement as a county legislator.
Especially proficient enforcement in Western New York, as police officials in Erie County wrote nearly 15 percent of all texting-while-driving tickets issued outside of New York City
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, and safety advocate Kelly Cline commended State Police and local law enforcement agencies for cracking down on distracted driving and effectively enforcing the state’s new texting-while-driving law – which was enacted one year ago. In Erie County, enforcement has been extremely effective. Locally, police officials have issued nearly 15 percent of all texting-while-driving tickets outside New York City.